Ivanka Trump responded Tuesday to a Washington, D.C., art exhibit in which a woman who resembles her continuously vacuums crumbs thrown toward her by gallery visitors.
“Women can choose to knock each other down or build each other up. I choose the latter,” the president’s daughter and adviser wrote in a tweet, accompanied by an article about the exhibit called “Ivanka Vacuuming.”
The installation, sponsored by CulturalDC and housed less than a mile from the White House, features a “woman bearing a striking resemblance to that Ivanka, cleaning a plush pink carpet” with a vacuum, a press release from the organization said.
In front of the woman is a pedestal topped with a pile of crumbs, which guests are invited to throw on to the carpet and watch “as Ivanka elegantly vacuums up the mess, her smile never wavering,” the release said.
“Inspired by a figure whose public persona incorporates an almost comically wide range of feminine identities — daughter, wife, mother, sister, model, working woman, blonde — Ivanka Vacuuming is simultaneously a visual celebration of a contemporary feminine icon; a portrait of our own relationship to that figure; and a questioning of our complicity in her role-playing,” the release said.
But the installation wasn’t designed to evoke any particular feeling, according to CulturalDC. Instead, the process of throwing the crumbs and watching “Ivanka” vacuum them “is intentionally open to multiple, often contradictory interpretations that are as critical of the interpreter as they are of the subject.”